We welcome your child with a friendly, calm and positive environment. Your child will be educated about dental care in a way they can understand and through the use of positive and encouraging language.
Your little one will be pampered with little luxuries such as reward stickers, show-bags and an invitation to watch their favourite show during treatment.
Your child’s appointment is tailored to their personality and age. Expect our team to use encouraging and positive language throughout your child’s first and subsequent appointments. It’s important for our team to build trust and rapport with your child, that’s why we introduce your child to dentistry with positivity and encouragement. Once your child is settled in-chair (or described as a rocket ship), we pop on their favourite cartoon. Our dental practitioner will count their teeth, teach them how to brush and if your child is over the age of 2 we will also perform a clean, fluoride treatment, and any necessary x-rays. We will examine your child’s face and jaw for signs of mal-alignment.
Our child friendly team will show your little one techniques to help get the length of time for effective brushing right, along with, discolouring solutions to highlight key areas to brush.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should my little one have their first check-up?
A: Your child’s first visit should occur at about 12months of age or at the first eruption of their teeth. However it is never too late to have a first visit. You will experience our philosophy of non-judgment service and care.
Q: How often should my child see the practitioner?
A: A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, we can advise about a custom plan based on your child’s oral health.
Q: Are dental X-rays safe for my child?
A: There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
Q: How do sealants work for my child?
A: Sealants work by filling in the crevasses of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect your child’s teeth for many years.
Q: What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A: A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. We can provide you with a free brush suitable for your baby.
Q: Is thumb sucking and/or dummies harmful for my child's teeth?
A: Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, your dentist can discuss a plan with you.
Q: Are baby teeth important?
A: "Baby Teeth" are important because they help children chew comfortably and speak clearly. They also assist in creating the path that permanent teeth follow when they erupt.
Q: When should we use toothpaste and what amount should we use?
A: Prior to the ages of 2-3 you can clean your child's teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. At about the age of 3 you are able to introduce toothpaste in your child’s brushing routine. Ensure you observe your child and make sure that no more than a pea-sized amount is used. Encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
Q: How do I know if my child is having enough fluoride?
A: If your little one is not getting enough fluoride through water (especially if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then fluoride supplements may be prescribed.
Q: What diet is ‘tooth friendly’ for my child?
A: Do your best to ensure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay.
Q: What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A: First, rinse the aggravated area with warm salt water and rest a cold compress against the face if it is swollen. You can give them pain relief and ensure you make an appointment with our team as soon as possible.
Q: What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?
A: Soft plastic mouthguards can be made for your child to protect their teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from a sport related injury. A custom-fitted mouthguard is significantly more effective than generic options.
Q: What should I do if my child falls and loses a permanent tooth?
A: The most important thing to do is to remain composed. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Call our team for further instructions.
Q: What should I do if my child's tooth is chipped or fractured?
A: Again, remain calm and contact our team immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the appointment.